Rachel Hore's "Last Letter Home" brought to life the characters, the places, and she moved seamlessly between time periods. She created an interesting warm novel so realistic I wish I could "look in" from time to time to see how they are faring! To create such a novel is quite an achievement. Ms. Hore's books are reliably excellent as is her attention to historical detail and her characters are three dimensional which causes the reader to "jump into" their English world. The only aspect I disliked was that the story ended as stories must do!
I’m a sucker for dual time line stories and I do love a Rachel Hore novel so this ticked two boxes from the off! The crosses remained firmly in place as this was a fine story!
Two stories work well but I did love the historical part the best – the letters literarily come to life and I did love following the story of Sarah and Paul. There’s something so poignant and heartbreaking about love in war time and the way Rachel captured this was quite fitting! These letters were tricky to read in the present day so what was it like for Sarah at the time!
The settings here also really helped as Norfolk and Italy – well you can’t get too more different locations than these. The way Rachel wove in the story of the Italian campaign and the war time community spirit made it all the more interesting and fleshed out as a novel. The settings in Italy were a mix of exotic and wartime but the pride of a nation was plain to see as well as the outsiders there to fight who desperately wanted to come home.
Rachel Hore always writes so you can easily identify or at least sympathise/empathise with the characters and there were some really touching moments/ Letters from war time have that certain magic about them, history in an envelope, and I enjoyed the novel which signed, sealed and delivered on all counts.
I normally love Rachel Hore's books and look forward to each as they are written. Sadly the 'Last Letter Home' was a disappointment for me. Although well written, I felt that the story took a very long time winding its way to a lackluster ending. That said I will continue to look forward to Ms. Hore's next book.